Hola! Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner and the festival is a great way to learn about other cultures while having fun. It is an annual celebration in Mexico held every 5th day of May. This holiday is celebrated in some parts of Mexico and the United States in honour of the Mexican military victory in 1862 over the French Empire. Whether you are doing an activity with your family at home or spending time out-and-about, there are numerous ways to involve kids in this annual fiesta.
Here are 5 ideas on how to spend a holiday fun with family during Cinco de Mayo:
Do your kids love music? Making arts and crafts is a great way to get into the spirit and make your own Mexican music on this day. This is a great opportunity for kids to explore their artistic side while having fun on the sidelines.
2. Decorate your house
Take out your last season house decorations and soak in the vibes of the Cinco de Mayo celebration. Head to your local party store for some Cinco de Mayo themed items and transform your house into a Mexican paradise. Make and break piñatas and prepare for a fiesta!
3. Whip up some Mexican delights
Time to get in the kitchen with your kids! Spice up your palate with some delicious Mexican food. It is a great bonding moment with your family as they actively participate in preparing tonight’s dinner. Your family will surely appreciate the fresh dish you prepared for them and keep them asking for this one on future dinners.
4. Teach your kids about Mexican history
This special battle victory is the primary reason for celebration in Mexico, while Cinco de Mayo in the United States is a time to celebrate Mexican culture in general. Regardless, this is a great opportunity to talk to some of the elder Hispanic members of your community. You can ask them about their heritage and can even enjoy learning Spanish words 101.
5. Dress up for the Holiday
Glam up your day with some dresses that evoke Mexican traditions. You can mix up theme colors such as green, white, and red (colors of the Mexican flag) into your outfit. Also, outfits with beautiful embroidered flowers will look lovely as well. You can embrace the culture by wearing customary clothes inspired by Mexico's tradition or designed by Mexican designers.
Although Cinco de Mayo is rooted as a Mexican tradition, most don’t realize that it’s also an American holiday. Throughout the years, it has become a bonafide holiday with mixed cultural references. Which is why it is a fun and festive time to introduce and learn the traditions of other cultures. This festival also encourages acceptance of cultural diversity among the different states. The significance of Cinco de Mayo is widely seen as a celebration of Mexican cultural heritage for America’s growing Hispanic population.
Feeling the good vibes of Cinco de Mayo? Share your fun experiences in the comments!
Qué tengan un buen día!